The phenomenon, reporter Jonathan Jones asks, "raises the question: Is Nifong's legacy going to be his name as euphemism?" Quite possibly yes.
Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster associate editor, told Jones that "Nifonged"--meaning "railroaded"--"is starting to get used. And that's how it happens that a word ends up in the dictionary." Such a result would be a fitting legacy.
Another example of the case as farce: The Spoof this morning published breaking news--Mike Nifong is planning to continue his crusade against Reade Seligmann. Now that the lacrosse case charges are clearly fraudulent, the new allegation? That Seligmann parked in a "residents only" space.
Said Nifong, "It is my job as prosecutor to make sure justice is done. This man was parked in a resident space and he should be punished."
The chief witness to the crime (which carries a mandatory sentence of enrolling in "Hook-Up Culture at Duke") was at the grocery and unavailable for comment, but Nifong said proceeding with indictments based on second-hand testimony was OK by him.
The Spoof didn't say how it obtained an interview with the reclusive D.A.
Given Malaklou's past inability to get her facts straight, the true story probably was that Raleigh residents shot a crow while passing through Cary. But she'll fit right in at Bob Ashley's H-S.